Nothing on my mind, 17 June 2009

2009/06/17

So, today is both a lazy day, and a late one; hey, it happens sometimes, even for people who don’t have much else to do with their days. And lest you think I was wasting my time with untoward activities, no, I didn’t piss away the daylight looking for porn. That was only for an hour or so, this morning. Heh. That aside, here is yet another photo for your viewing pleasure. Or not; its up to you, really.

CanonAE1P_ChryslerBuilding01

Photo Information:

Camera: Canon AE-1 Program [*]
Lens: Canon FD 70-210mm zoom [1]
Film: Kodak TMax ISO 100 (35mm)

For those of you who don’t recognize this iconic building, it is the Chrysler Building in New York City (specifically, in Manhattan). I shot this photo from the observation deck at the top of the Empire State Building. [2] As you can tell, the light that day was very good, and I captured this shot (and others) in the late afternoon, when the sun was lower in the sky; it being winter, the sun was already lower in the sky than at other times in the year, and I think it worked out nicely. The weather wasn’t as cooperative (it was late December, and the “high” that day was, I believe, 18° F – the wind chill was even more horrific), but I suppose there’s nothing that could have been done about that. [3][4]

Anyways, there’s not much else to say about the photo, so enjoy.

Notes:

[1]: Given that I was using a zoom lens at the time, I don’t remember what focal length I was using; I think it was closer to the 210mm max, but I couldn’t say now. I shot this photo almost four years ago – you try remembering what you were doing in the middle of winter four years ago!

[2]: Yes, I appreciate the irony.

[3]: Unless you have a weather control device stashed away in your basement. You don’t do you? I really could use one. And not just for nefarious purposes.

[4]: Yeah, yeah, I know…I could’ve visited the city during a warmer part of the year. Well, I do enjoy the cold, but at reasonable levels. A wind chill of -15° F is most certainly not reasonable! On a related note, I had already been outside since early morning that day, primarily because the MTA employees were on strike. I was actually able to benefit from assistance from the American Red Cross that morning; they had set up an aid station at the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge (I assume there were other locations, as well – NYC is home to several million people, after all), since so many people were walking to work due to the strike. Interesting times.

[*]: On a sentimental note, one of the reasons I enjoy using this camera (besides the fact that it is a great camera) is that my Father originally owned it, and I inherited it when he passed away. Though I put very little stock in metaphysics, I like to think that he would be happy knowing that I’m still using the camera.

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